Cannon and Willis families papers

Cannon and Willis families papers

Dates: 1891-2003

Collection contains family papers from the Cannon and Willis families. This includes personal photographs, personal letters, biographies of family members, personal records, mission journals, and diaries. The majority of the materials were written in Salt Lake City, Utah, but some journal entries were from travels or missions in San Francisco, Mexico, Washington, British Columbia, Oregon, England, Belgium, and France. The diary entries relate the events of travel or tell about the day-to-day life of the missionary. The personal records include retirement annoucements, funeral talks, and biographies. Dated 1914-2003.

  • Extent: 5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Willis, Jean Cannon, 1917-2001
  • Call Number: MSS 2216
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Cannon and Willis families papers collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS 2216; Cannon and Willis families papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS 2216, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Jean Cannon Willis handed the material over to Harvard Heath, Curator of 20th Century Western and Mormon Americana of Brigham Young University's Special Collections and Manuscripts, on January 25, 2000. Additional materials were transferred from Jean Cannon Willis to her daughter, Rebecca Boren. These items were donated in September 2015 by Rebecca and Gary Boren.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Jean Cannon Willis; 2000. Donated; Gary and Rebecca Boren; 2015.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Victory (Sask.); Oregon; Netherlands; San Francisco (Calif.); Seattle (Wash.); New York (State); Salt Lake City (Utah); England; Denver (Colo.); Victoria (B.C.); Mexico; Willis, Jean Cannon, 1917-2001; Cannon, Lester Jenkins, 1888-1911; Cannon, Lucy Grant, 1880-1966; Cannon, Sarah Ann Jenkins, 1860-1940; Nibley, Charles W. (Charles Wilson), 1849-1931; Cannon, Annie Wells, 1859-1942; Cannon, Elizabeth Hoagland, 1835-1882; Cannon, George J., 1879-1965; Willis, Annie Buck, 1858-1943; Willis, Bertram Fredrick, 1882-1966; Grant, Lucy Stringham, 1858-1909; Grant, Rachel Ivins, 1821-1909; Jeppson, Frances Bennett, 1930-; Smith, Joseph F. (Joseph Fielding), 1838-1918; Grant, Heber J. (Heber Jeddy), 1856-1945; Willis, Bertram Trowbridge, 1912-1997; Ivins, Anthony W.
Genre / Form
Letters; Books; Programs; Photographs; Diaries; Scrapbooks
Processing Information
Processed; Harvard Heath and Joshua A. Howard; 2000.
Appraisal Information
Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Cannon and Willis families papers
Finding Aid Author
Harvard Heath, Joshua A. Howard, and Corinne Bird
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-05-27 11:09:37 -0600.
Finding Aid Language
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Jean Cannon Willis (1917-2001), daughter of Lucy Grant Cannon and George J. Cannon, was a Mormon woman and teacher in Utah.

Jean Cannon was born on June 17, 1917 in Salt Lake City, Utah to George Jenkins Cannon and Lucy Grant. Raised in Salt Lake, she attended Ensign Elementary, Bryant Jr. High, and East High School. She then continued her education at Brigham Young University, studying economics. After graduation she relocated to St. George, Utah, where she taught at Woodward Jr. High for two years.

On March 13, 1941, Cannon married Bertram Trowbridge Willis in the Salt Lake Temple, and they eventually had eight children. After her marriage she lived briefly in Cheyenne, Wyoming before returning to Salt Lake to raise her family. She was active in her community, doing volunteer work with the local PTA, the Juvenile Detention Home, the Epilepsy Foundation, and an ESL tutoring program. She also served in Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including as ward and stake Primary president. After their children were grown, the Willis's served a mission to Washington, D.C. Temple between 1982 and 1983.

Jean Cannon Willis passed away on November 28, 2001 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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